Pearl Harbor Day

Seventy-six years ago today, on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was treacherously attacked by the Japanese, killing more than 2,000. This date was described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy.” It was the worst naval disaster in American history, and brought declarations of war by Japan, Germany, and [...]

By | 2017-12-15T08:15:10+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Issues and Articles, Library|0 Comments

Pearl Harbor – Orders of the Day for the USS California

The USS California (a battleship stationed in the Pacific) was one of the eight battleships sunk at Pearl Harbor. During the attack on December 7, 1941, it took three direct hits -- two torpedoes and one bomb, killing over 100 crew. The California caught fire and the remainder of the crew made their way to [...]

By | 2017-12-07T06:48:43+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

Church in the U.S. Capitol

Many people are surprised to learn that the United States Capitol regularly served as a church building; a practice that began even before Congress officially moved into the building and lasted until well after the Civil War. Below is a brief history of the Capitol's use as a church, and some of the prominent individuals [...]

By | 2017-12-06T06:23:03+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Issues and Articles, Library|0 Comments

American Revolution – Letter by Governor Jonathan Trumbull

Jonathan Trumbull (1710-1785) was a Governor of the Colony of Connecticut for many years, serving before, during, and after the American War for Independence. (The Trumbull family was very influential in Connecticut, and one of his sons also became governor of the state.) This letter, dated February 16, 1782 requests payment for Chaplain Horn, who [...]

By | 2017-12-01T12:54:41+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Chaplains, Featured, Library|0 Comments

Sermon – Thanksgiving – 1794

Samuel Stillman (1738-1807) was the pastor of a Baptist church on James Island, South Carolina beginning in 1759. He preached in various congregations in New Jersey for a time and was the pastor of a Baptist church in Boston (1765-1805). Stillman was a Boston city convention member, a convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution. This [...]

By | 2017-12-01T12:11:10+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|0 Comments

Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1791, Massachusetts

The following is the text of a Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise, issued by John Hancock (Signer of the Declaration of Independence), while he was serving as governor of Massachusetts. The proclamation was issued October 5, 1791 and was declaring November 17, 1791 the day of Thanksgiving.   Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By [...]

By | 2017-12-01T12:11:21+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Categories: Library, Thanksgiving Proclamations|0 Comments

Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1909

  This is the text of a Thanksgiving Day proclamation issued by President William Howard Tafton November 15, 1909. [Thanksgiving- 1909.] By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The season of the year has returned when, in accordance with the reverent custom established by our forefathers, the people of the United [...]

By | 2017-12-01T12:11:28+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Categories: Library, Thanksgiving Proclamations|0 Comments

Sermons by Chaplains

American War for Independence Chaplains  Thomas Allen (1743-1810) Thomas Allen volunteered as a chaplain during the revolutionary war and took up arms in the Battle of Bennington. Election Sermon (1808)   Manasseh Cutler (1742-1823) Manasseh Cutler served as military chaplain for multiple American units during the Revolutionary War. A Fasting Sermon (1799) A Century Church [...]

By | 2017-11-14T05:05:43+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: Chaplains, Featured, Library|0 Comments

Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1777

  This is the text of the Continental Congress' November 1, 1777 national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation; as printed in the Journals of Congress. Saturday, November 1, 1777 The committee appointed to prepare a recommendation to the several states, to set apart a day of public thanksgiving, brought in a report; which was taken into consideration, [...]

By | 2017-12-05T12:45:59+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Library, Thanksgiving Proclamations|0 Comments

Sermon – Bridge Opening – 1808

Samuel Willard (1776-1859) graduated from Harvard in 1803. He worked as a tutor at Bowdoin College (1804-1805), and became a minister of the Congregational Church in Deerfield, Massachusetts (1807-1829). He continued to preach occasionally throughout his life. The following sermon was preached by Willard in 1808 at the occasion of opening a bridge in Northampton, [...]

By | 2017-11-10T12:18:41+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|0 Comments